Left: Fritz Ascher, Man of Sorrows, First half of 20th century. Graphite on paper, 26.6 x 23.5 cm. Potsdam Museum BK-2018-90
Right: Fritz Ascher, Pietà, ca. 1919. Graphite on paper, 10.2 x 9 inches. Private collection
On this occasion, we celebrate that more and more of his works are entering public collections, like the graphite drawing Man of Sorrows, which is in the collection of the Potsdam Museum.
In its many artistic forms, Man of Sorrows is the most precise visual expression of the piety of the later Middle Ages, which took its character from mystical contemplation rather than from theological speculation. Together with the Pietà, it was the most popular of the devotional images of the period – devotional images detached from the narrative of Christ’s Passion, intended for meditation. In his graphite drawings, Fritz Ascher connects to that iconography, and focuses on the drama of the human condition.
Do you have some quiet time during the upcoming holidays? Our event “Becoming Jewish: The Sculptor Benno Elkan (1877-1960)” can now be watched in an edited version HERE.
A presentation of the artist’s life and work by Christian Walda (Deputy Director and Head of Collections at the Museum for Art and Cultural History in Dortmund) is followed by in depth discussions of Elkan’s two most important works: Wolfgang E. Weick (Retired Director of the Museum for Art and Cultural History in Dortmund) speaks about the Memorial to the Defenseless Victims of the Bombing War (clay model 1959), and Ori Z Soltes (Teaching Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC) speaks about the Menorah (1956) in Jerusalem.
Please support our work by donating to the Fritz Ascher Society HERE.
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